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Metal Fabricator Foundation

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Metal fabricators deal with the selection, layout, shearing, cutting (with a torch), punching, drilling, forming, fitting and welding of steel plates and structural steel shapes into products for the forest, mining, construction, transportation and agricultural industries. Typical projects that involve metal fabricators include bridges, buildings, hoppers, conveyors, towers, cranes, heavy-mining equipment, logging equipment, and ship parts and equipment.

Alternatively if you are already indentured with the British Columbia Industry Training Authority (ITA), our seeking more information on the apprenticeship itself, check out our
Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship web page.

The Program

Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic steel fabrication methods for products such as steel buildings, tanks and equipment.

Good hand/eye coordination and good physical condition are desirable. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

View a career video.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Availability Notification

Complete the Short Notice Availability, Location and Shift Preference form [PDF] and submit with your application to help us get you into classes faster.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

March and September

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

Application processing

Continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applications are wait-listed (first-come, first-served).

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$350 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

Please visit the BCIT Bookstore to view the list of required books.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0700–1330, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  STEL 1200 Apply Safe/Accep Work Practice 2.0
  STEL 1205 Mathematics 4.5
  STEL 1210 Sketch and Read Drawings 4.5
  STEL 1215 Measur Layout Hand/Power Tools 1.5
  STEL 1220 Metal Fabrication Power Equipm 3.0
  STEL 1225 Patterns/Templates-Shop Appl 3.0
  STEL 1230 Use Oxyacetylene 3.5
  STEL 1235 Arc Welding 3.5
  STEL 1240 Blueprint Reading 4.5
  STEL 1245 Plate Development 4.0
  STEL 1250 Material Handling 1.5
  STEL 1255 Cleaning and Painting 0.5
  STEL 1260 Fabricate Projects 10.5
 
Total Credits: 46.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

23 weeks, full-time

Grading

An overall GPA of 70% is required to successfully complete the program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation or Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) program. This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Training prepares students for entry-level employment as metal fabricators. Upon successful completion of the program, students may seek employment as apprentices. Industry contacts are available.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Our faculty and staff have a combined 120 years of practical experience and over 60 years of teaching experience. This translates into a huge source of knowledge that you can draw from. If after reviewing the information on our web pages you still have questions regarding steel fabrication please contact any one of us, BCIT's admission & registration or apprenticeship training.

Bill Watkins, Chief Instructor
Ironworking IP,
T:  604-456-1049
E:  bill_watkins@bcit.ca

Larry Meier, Instructor
Metal Fabrication TQ, Level A Welding
T:  604-431-4942
E:  larry_meier@bcit.ca

Henry Ostermann, Instructor
Metal Fabrication TQ
T:  604-451-6833
E:  henry_ostermann@bcit.ca

Mohinder Soomel, Instructor
Metal Fabrication TQ, Level C Welding
T:  604-431-4940
E:  mohinder_soomel@bcit.ca

Peter Thomas, Instructor
Metal Fabrication IP, Med, BCIDP
T:  604-431-4934
E:  peter_c_thomas@bcit.ca

Contact Us

Bill Watkins, Chief Instructor
T:  604-456-1049
E:  bill_watkins@bcit.ca

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